Tony Danza Is the Boss of Musical Theater

Jan 23, 2020 589

BY: Chris Coplan

He's not from the Valley, but Tony Danza's January 24 appearance in the Valley is something of a homecoming. It's more than the local cousin he "hasn't seen in forever" or the visiting alumni group from his alma mater, the University of Dubuque. Danza the Entertainer was born right here in Phoenix. It's also where he boxed his final match, back in May 1979.

"That was the night I realized I couldn't fight anymore," Danza recalls. "I had Taxi by then, and so I came back 'cause I had this dream to become a champ and have a show. I think I trained at Camelback and won the fight and knocked the guy out. But I took an overhand right I shouldn't have, and I just had to give it up."

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